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Schmit: Professions’ social value to be re-examined after COVID-19

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:21
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Austrian state officials 'threatening' journalists for uncovering Ischgl story, the Spanish government wanting to extend its 'state of alarm' for another month, and so much more.
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WHO to kick off international meet amid US-China tensions

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:20
The World Health Organization will on Monday (18 May) kick off its first ever virtual assembly, but fears abound that US-China tensions could derail the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis. The World Health Assembly (WHA), which has...
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Air Serbia can count on state assistance

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:15
Serbian flag carrier Air Serbia, whose losses have been estimated at over €40 million, can count on state assistance, Construction Minister Zorana Mihajlovic told Prva TV station in an interview on Saturday (16 May), adding that compared to many large...
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German ambassador: The conditions for a fair election campaign

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:14
The German ambassador to Belgrade, Thomas Schieb, said that conditions for a fair election campaign in Serbia had to be set up prior to parliamentary elections and that the media played a key role in the process. “The pandemic has...
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BELGRADE – Army returns 18 migrants to camps

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:12
Following complaints from local residents, Serbian troops were deployed around three migrant centres in the northwestern city of Sid on Saturday (16 May) and later sent 18 migrants back to the camps, the Serbian state broadcaster RTS reported on Sunday...
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LJUBLJANA – Subsidies, tourism vouchers in new anti-corona package

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:12
According to draft documents analysed by the leading local news website,, the government is this week expected to prepare a third anti-corona package that should introduce subsidies for part-time workers and tourism vouchers. The website said the government plans...
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Coal industry will never recover after coronavirus pandemic, say experts

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:11
The global coal industry will “never recover” from the COVID-19 pandemic, industry observers predict, because the crisis has proved renewable energy is cheaper for consumers and a safer bet for investors. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
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PRAGUE – Government could bail out Czech Airlines

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:11
Czech Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček told Czech Television in an interview on Saturday (16 May) that he is exploring viable ways of bailing out Smartwings Group, a majority owner of national flag carrier Czech Airlines. That is because...
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MADRID – One more month

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:10
The Spanish government will seek another month-long extension to the state of emergency decreed on 14 March and make it the last, the government said on Saturday (16 May), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.  “I want to announce that the Spanish...
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LONDON – ‘Philosophical differences’

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:08
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove urged the EU on Sunday (17 May) to show flexibility to bridge the “big philosophical differences” between the two sides, after the chief negotiators for the EU and the UK admitted that last week’s talks...
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HELSINKI – Nordics no, Baltics yes

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:07
After lifting restrictions on travelling for work and other essential trips on Thursday (14 May) between Finland, Estonia, Norway and Sweden, the Nordic countries decided on Friday (15 May) not to allow cross-border recreational travel because while they have managed...
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VIENNA – Journalists face ultimatum after publishing critical Ischgl-story

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:06
Last week, news magazine Profil published a story accusing the Tyrolean local government of ignoring a health ministry directive in February with regards to the former skiing resort of Ischgl, which became infamous for becoming a COVID-19 hotspot in March...
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BERLIN – AfD expels right-wing nationalist

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:04
The leadership of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) voted on Friday (15 May) to expel Andreas Kalbitz, the head of the AfD in the Brandenburg state parliament, with seven in favour, five against and one abstention. Along with controversial...
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BRUSSELS – Replacement income for self-employed extended

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:03
The Belgian government has extended the date for replacement income to independents until 30 June, after the Council of Ministers approved a draft royal decree during the weekend. The replacement income is accessible to all the self-employed in Belgium whose...
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Schmit: Professions’ social value to be re-examined after Covid-19

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:02
The COVID-19 experience has shown that the social value of professions has to be re-assessed as in most EU member states, health workers have been underpaid and undervalued for too long compared to their social impact, EU Commissioner for Jobs...
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Gas industry urged to ‘accelerate’ transition to hydrogen

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:00
Hydrogen has become a central element of EU plans to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century. The key question now is how to accelerate the transition and upgrade the gas infrastructure, policymakers say. “We need to accelerate” the gas industry’s conversion...
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Across EU, temporary layoff schemes no cure-all in slow COVID recovery

Mon, 2020-05-18 05:58
Temporary unemployment schemes operating across Europe could struggle to save the jobs of leisure and travel sector workers facing drawn-out or partial recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic, even if they help industries that rebound quickly.
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Europe should temporarily ban Chinese takeovers, Weber says

Mon, 2020-05-18 05:52
The European Union should impose a temporary ban on Chinese takeovers of companies that are currently undervalued or have business problems because of the coronavirus crisis, the leader of the bloc's largest political alliance said on Sunday (17 May).
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Beaches, parks busy as Europe heat wave and US spring test new coronavirus rules

Mon, 2020-05-18 05:31
Summer weather is enticing much of the world to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns as centers of the outbreak from New York to Italy and Spain gradually lift restrictions that have kept millions indoors for months. People are streaming back to...
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No industry support without a commitment to cleaner production

Mon, 2020-05-18 05:05
While there is strong claimed support for a 'green' recovery from the European Commission, the European Parliament and key member states like Germany, the devil is in the detail, write Doreen Fedrigo and Camille Maury.
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